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At a called meeting of the Walker County Development Authority Monday, Dec. 30, Nissin Brake Georgia publicly lifted the veil on the expansion project that has been underway for the manufacturer since early summer.

The tier-one supplier of Honda's Lincoln, Ala., plant is putting the finishing touches on a 50,000-square-foot addition that will allow the plant more room for manufacturing and will add about 30 new jobs to its labor force.

“We are so pleased that Nissin has decided to make this new investment in Walker County,” county commissioner Bebe Heiskell said.

Nissin Brake is a global company with plants located in Ohio, Georgia, Brazil, and Mexico.

The deal finalized with the county’s Development Authority is estimated to total around $33 million.

“There are a couple of reasons behind the expansion,” plant manager Jim Owen said. “First, we have seen increased sales within our current product lines. Second, we have new products that will be coming online at the plant that will require more room for manufacturing.”

The company produces braking systems and other parts used in the automotive and non-automotive industry.

“This expansion is a wonderful gift to our area here at the holiday season,” Development Authority executive director Larry Brooks said. “These jobs will mean the possibility of a bright year ahead for many who are looking for employment opportunities.”

With the addition of the new jobs, Nissin Brake Georgia will employ about 235 associates.

The expansion of the building will increase the total size of the plant to about 150,000 square feet. “We continue to look for new opportunities that will grow our foot print in Rock Spring,” Owen said.